Film Review of Helen of Troy
I.A. Time of Action:
About 3,200 years ago in recorded history's infancy, when humankind's imagination peopled the known world with great heroes and villains and nature reflected the mood of the gods and goddesses.
I.B. Place of Action:
Troy (Asia Minor), also Ilium (ancient Ilion), famous city of Greek legend, on the northwestern corner of Asia Minor, in present-day Turkey. Anatolia is west of Greece (across the Aegean Sea) and north of Egypt (across the Mediterranean Sea).
II. Characters and Description of Characters
Sienna Guillory as Helen- The most beautiful woman in Greece, daughter of the god Zeus and of Leda. She was abducted in childhood by the hero Theseus, who hoped in time to marry her, but she was rescued by her brothers, Castor and Polydeuces (also known as Pollux). Because Helen was courted by so many prominent heroes, her stepfather Tyndareus made all of them swear to abide by Helen's choice of a husband, and to defend that husband's rights should anyone attempt to take Helen away by force.
Matthew Marsden as Paris- Trojan who took Helen from Menelaus.
Rufus Sewell as Agamemnon- The leader of the Achaean expedition to Troy, he was the King of Mycenae. On his return from Troy he was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra, and her lover Aegisthus. The lover was the son of Thyestes, the brother and enemy of Atreus, Agamemnon’s father. When Odysseus voyages to Hades he meets with Agamemnon’s ghost.
Stellan Skarsgård as Theseus- The person who abducted Helen and hoped in time to marry her, but was then killed by Polydeuces (also known as Pollux).
John Rhys-Davies as King Priam of Troy- King of Troy, husband of Queen Hecuba, father of Prince Hector, Cassandra, and Prince Alexandros.
Maryam d'Abo as Queen Hecuba- Wife of Priam, king of Troy, to whom she bore Hector, Paris, Cassandra, and 16 other children. Following the fall of Troy and the death of Priam, the aging Hecuba was taken prisoner by the Greeks.
Emilia Fox as Cassandra-